Reading the pamphlet, there was no inkling of the calamitous events to come. The British Empire was at its height, confidence was high and Malaya was positively booming. The tone of the booklet is brimming with optimism and, perhaps, complacency. See this advertisement promoting Malaya near the front of the booklet:
It is interesting to see Big Game Shooting and Snipe Shooting listed among Malaya's top attractions in 1914. Snipe are only shot on camera these days while big game can only be found in zoos. The tin mines, rubber estates, coconut plantations and steamship services are mostly all gone, replaced by palm oil plantations, shopping malls, airports and urban sprawl.
Malaysia still has 'fine roads for motoring' with over 50,000 miles of paved road but of course with a lot more vehicles per mile than in 1914.